No icons, just a picture of the desktop

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by shroader, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. shroader macrumors newbie

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    So i dropped my macbook last week and turned it on and the screen is just grey, so i bought an external monitor and hooked it up and everything works fine except when i turn it on all I see is my desktop picture, no icons or anything. What could be the problem and is there a way to fix it?
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Have you gone into System Preferences -> Displays and made it your primary display?
     
  3. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    have you checked on the floor? Perhaps you knocked the icons out of your computer.
     
  4. shroader thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, there is nothing on the screen at all that I could click on.
     
  5. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    hold the option key and hit f2 (or whatever is your brighter brightness button) and that should open the display preferences.
     
  6. shroader thread starter macrumors newbie

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    nice, thanks, I will go try that right now.
     
  7. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Next click on the tiny menubar on whatever display it's on and drag it to the other display.


    Or you can close your Macbook, wait for it to go completely into sleep mode, then plug in a keyboard and mouse, then the display and it should start with only one display on.
     
  8. shroader thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well nothing is happening, hm...does this mean my computer is done? key commands are not responding at all.
     
  9. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Did you try what I said to do in the post just before yours?
     
  10. shroader thread starter macrumors newbie

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    no, i dont have access to a keyboard, but could the keyboard be the prob? Im thinking maybe I could hook a keyboard up to it and see if key commands will work.
     
  11. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    Your best bet is to close the MacBook, plug in a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, then press a button on the keyboard to wake it up.
     

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